Over 12 million Raspberry Pi computers have been sold worldwide. And the school is one of the places where they have occurred. “We have a fantastic community, in schools,” said Philip Colligan, CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
When the foundation behind the Raspberry Pi started the project with the small, simple, cheap computers for just over four years ago in Britain imagined CEO Philip Colligan that it might be sold around 10,000 of them. But they have become a success story and has now sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
The idea to get involved and get people to take an interest in computers and IT by eliminating the price barrier has succeeded. From the beginning to have been started by home enthusiasts and makers Raspberry Pi has also been an increasing place in the school.
When programming becomes part of the curriculum, as in the UK two years ago, will be even greater interest then?
– Yes, it is, it gets a boost then. But it’s not that you have to wait. For example, in Northern Ireland it is very many young people who use Raspberry Pi to code and create, but when it is done in clubs after school.
– We want them to be challenged to do something with technology. We want them to build and not just think about what they’re doing and designing it – without actually building it too.
Much of the work of the Foundation is to develop the network of users – teachers, parents, and children – who built up.
– We have a great community, in the schools.
At the school conference, Bett in London launches Raspberry Pi Foundation is now a free, downloadable, newspaper, Hello World, as a way to further strengthen the networking between schools and disseminating ideas and practices between schools.
Parallel to The Swedish Foundation works to strengthen cooperation and networking will also continue to develop the Raspberry Pi.
But is it really to make them even smaller and even cheaper?
– We never talk about upcoming launches, but we will continue to expand the functionality of them to come, says Philip Colligan.
Meanwhile, Raspberry Pi is used today not only for hobby projects and educational purposes, but the small computers are also used by scientists, engineers at major companies and inventors point out Philip Colligan.
– In contrast, we do not know exactly how to use them because we do not keep track of our customers as the big IT companies do.
Today, sold most of Raspberry Pi in the US, UK, and Germany. But Sweden is also located right near the top of the list, according to Philip Colligan.
– But I think we can mean a lot of countries in the developing world where it would give möjighet to create cheap and straightforward solutions where cost now is a barrier, says Philip Colligan.
How do you work on the Raspberry Pi Foundation? Do you have people who are responsible for different parts of the world?
– No, we are very much less than most people think. Not even fifty people. But we will set up a US office now actually.
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This is what we dream about, a wish to Eben Upton.